The Discovery Center
Employment Opportunities

Diversity and Inclusion Residential Camp Program
2018 Spring Season - Various Positions


The Discovery Center is an award-winning educational diversity, team-building, and academic program serving more than 4,000 students from grades 4 – 8 each year in Connecticut. Our mission is to shape positive attitudes about race and differences, reduce isolationism between urban and suburban communities, and improve math, science, and language arts skills. Through our programs, students gain an understanding and respect for diversity and inclusion and collectively develop tools to fight racism, classism and other forms of discrimination and exclusion within their lives.


The Residential Camp Program brings together 5th and 6th grade students from Connecticut's urban and suburban communities for diversity and social justice education, team-building, and academic experiences. Students attend during the academic year at the neutral site of Camp Woodstock in northeastern Connecticut--only one hour from both Hartford, CT and Providence, RI.

Our Residential Program has three main objectives:

  1. Facilitate conversations about critical topics that are often not talked about openly with young children; such as racism, inclusion and exclusion, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.

  2. Provide opportunities for team building amongst young people from different cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds through shared experiences working toward common goals.

  3. Improve math, science, and language arts skills through inquiry-based experiential outdoor education.


We are hiring seasonal Residential Diversity Counselors, certified teachers, a Registration and Food Services Monitor, a Residential Nurse and a Facility Manager. We are looking for people who are passionate about our mission and available for the Spring season from 3/11/18 - 6/8/18. Residential Diversity Counselors facilitate diverse groups of students as they live, work, and play together. Staff create a caring, supportive, exuberant and challenging learning environment and provide instruction in diversity, math, science, language arts, social studies and team building.

We have various positions available; housing included, meals provided while Camp is in session. This is a perfect opportunity to gain valuable experience in teaching, social justice education, outdoor education, group facilitation, and experience working on a diverse team. Extensive training is provided. The Discovery Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, values all forms of diversity, and is passionate about promoting equitable opportunities for all.

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  • At least 19 years of age.
  • Passion for and knowledge of youth development, social justice and diversity education, and creating cooperative working, teaching, and learning communities.
  • At least two years of experience in working with youth and adults from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • At least one year of experience in group facilitation and/or team building facilitation.
  • Experience working with children ages 9-11.
  • Excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Stamina to work extremely long and rewarding hours.
  • Ability and desire to ensure all students can access our unique programming.
  • Ability and desire to live and work in a tight-knit, diverse community.


Residential Diversity Counselor (RDCs): Residential Diversity Counselors serve as team leaders for groups of 12-16 5th or 6th grade students participating in our 3-5 day diversity education program. RDCs are responsible for making sure that each student's needs are met while creating a fun, safe, self-empowering, team-centered learning and growing environment where everyone can be themselves and do their best individually and as a team. RDCs facilitate teambuilding activities and teach language arts, social studies, and diversity lessons under the supervision of a certified teacher. As a group leader, RDCs sit with and monitor a group at meals, facilitate dialogue, help foster new friendships, discourage cliques, belay team members on the climbing wall, lead singing and dancing activities, serve as role models, manage wake up and bedtimes, and build strong relationships with students.

Registration and Food Services Monitor (RFSM): The Registration and Food Services Monitor's job has two very important parts. First and most importantly, the RFSM ensures that all students are eating according to their individual dietary needs. TDC serves approximately 100 students a session. Campers with some type of food allergy and/or dietary restriction make up about 15% of our total population. The RFSM is responsible for contacting the families of each child with a dietary restriction prior to their arrival at camp and fully understanding the needs of campers before they arrive at camp. During camp, the RFSM will prepare an alternate plate of food for any camper with dietary restrictions. Secondly, the RFSM is expected to support our Operations Director and Residential Nurse with any registration needs.

Residential Teacher (RTs): Residential Teachers focus on the delivery of our Science, STEM, Social Studies, Diversity, and Math curriculum. We are seeking certified teachers to fill these positions! In addition, RTs will be perform all of the same duties as a Residential Diversity Counselor when needed.

Non-Residential Teacher: Non-Residential Teachers are staff members who live within driving distance from camp, and still want to be a key part of our camp community by delivering crucial lessons during daytime hours. Their duties are the same as RTs.

Residential Nurse: The Residential Nurse has the very important role of ensuring that all of our students and staff remain healthy throughout our season. In the event that there is a medical need or emergency, the Residential Nurse responds to each situation with care and expertise. While the Residential Nurse's primary responsibility is health care, this person is encouraged to participate in all-camp activities, and be a visible role model for our students.

Facilities Manager (FM): The Facilities Manager is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the spaces at Camp Woodstock that are used for our program. The FM is responsible for daily cleaning in the kitchen and dining hall, daily bathroom cleaning and monitoring in student cabins, a thorough Wednesday evening cleaning of the dining hall, and responding to any facilities related issues that may arise. On Fridays, the FM will supervise the process of cleaning all program areas—a job that will be accomplished with all staff hands on deck.